Making Christmas count for nature

Want to see seabirds and kākā back on Karioi or give local kids a chance to join our educational programmes? In the spirit of the festive season, the Karioi team is appealing to locals to choose the Karioi Project as a worthwhile cause to support.  

“Think of it as a Christmas present to the birds,” says Kristel van Houte, the Karioi Project manager.  

“We couldn’t run without the support of our funders, some who live locally and witness first-hand how much of a difference it makes for our native birds and trees.”  

Aiming to restore biodiversity from the mountain to the sea, the Karioi team loves to inspire the Raglan community to take a stand for nature.  

“Funding goes to protecting the places we all love,” Kristel says.  

“We’ve had such lovely feedback from our donors – one supporter told me how, back in the 1980s, it was such an exciting occasion to spy just one tūī in a summer, and that they had never seen a kererū at all.”  

“Thanks to donors like them supporting our predator control and seabird monitoring programmes, we’re now seeing large numbers of tūī and kererū, not to mention kororā waddling down the beach, and vulnerable seabirds -like the ōi -successfully breeding in burrows along the coast.”  

While there are many wins to celebrate, the work is not yet complete because Karioi and the surrounding area are not predator-free.  

“We can’t do this on our own, and we can’t do this unfunded,” says Kristel. “Donations can be one-off, or recurring, like monthly, as some locals choose to do.”  

“Getting funding is a hard job when there are so many worthwhile causes out there – but for Raglan residents, I can’t imagine a better place to contribute than our own backyard.”  

Here’s how you can support the Karioi Project:  

There are many different ways you can help: from one-offs to regular donations and bequests. It’s easy to do, just jump on the website –  

This content was made possible thanks to Raglan Boat Charters.

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